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801st Infantry undergoes change of command

Tacloban City (February 28) -- The 801st Infantry (Bantay at Gabay) Brigade conducted a Change of Command on February 26, 2009 at the Brigade Multi-Purpose Hall.

In a solemn ceremony held at 9:00 o'clock in the morning of Thursday, Brigadier General Francisco B. Lanuza turned over his responsibilities as Commander of the 801st Infantry Brigade, to Col. Alex Albano.

During Brigadier General Lanuza's stint as Brigade Commander, the unit was adjudged as the Best Performing Brigade for 2008 by the Central Command, Armed Forces of the Philippines based in Cebu, for dismantling two and downgrading of three CPP/NPA Guerilla Fronts.

These splendid accomplishments were attributed by General Lanuza to the collective efforts among the Local Government Units, Government Agencies and Army units under the 801st Infantry Brigade.

General Lanuza said he "owe these as well to other stakeholders, the clergy, the media, the common people who courageously embraces the advocacy and painstakingly pursued the development struggle the Brigade is fighting for through Roadmap KAIBIGAN concept.

For his part, newly-installed Brigade Commander, Colonel Alex Albano, in a talk with the Philippine Information Agency, said that he will continue the good programs started by Brigadier General Lanuza because he believes that the strategies taken have been effective.

Colonel Albano used to be the deputy commander of the 801st Brigade of the 8th Infantry Division, was assigned as the commanding officer of the 802nd Brigade in Bohol where he remained so for one month and 18 days.

Said to be the commander with the shortest stint in Bohol, Colonel Albano scored impressive accomplishments to include three Brigade operations, two company operations and 67 small unit operations and patrols.

During Colonel Albano's brief stint in Bohol, the Brigade apprehended communist leader Ramon Patriarca, the finance officer and deputy secretary of the KR-SB, Colonel Albano's accomplishment dossier reads.

The operations also netted for the government, six rebel returnee surrenderees, six low powered fire-arms, 7.6 mm rifles, a cal.45 sub machinegun, garnad rifle, cal.5 pistol and hand grenades.

The military organization also credited Colonel Albano for establishing coordination with government agencies in the light of the Bohol convergence formula for the accomplishment of various projects beneficial to the people.

For all these and for a sterling performance in keeping discipline and morale of his men, Colonel Albano earned for himself a military merit medal, which Mgen.. ArthurTabaquero pinned on him during the turnover ceremonies at the 802nd Infantry Brigade in Bohol. (PIA 8) [top]

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